Population & Settlement

 Theme 1: Population and settlement

1.1 Population dynamics

• Describe the growth of the world’s population and associated problems and show an understanding of the causes and consequences of over-population and under-population.

• Identify and suggest reasons for contrasting patterns of population growth (or decline) as influenced by migration, birth rate and death rate, especially the impact of HIV/AIDS.

• Describe the consequences (benefits and problems) of different patterns of population growth.

• Identify and suggest reasons for different types of population structure as shown by age/sex pyramids.

• Describe the factors influencing the density and distribution of population and population migration.

1.2 Settlement

• Describe and explain the factors influencing the size,development and function of urban and rural settlements and their spheres of influence.

• Describe and give reasons for the characteristics of land-use zones of urban areas in less economically developed countries (LEDCs) and more economically developed countries (MEDCs).

• Describe the problems of urban areas in LEDCs and MEDCs, their causes and possible solutions.

• Describe the impact on the environment resulting from urbanisation and possible solutions to reduce this impact.

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Exam dates for May 2015

Posted by Jo Foster on June 3, 2014 at 15:00 3 Comments

The dates for May 2015 have been provisionally published, with Paper 1 on Tuesday 5th May and Paper 2 on Friday 8th May. IGCSE English is also on May 5th. This will give a week's less teaching than 2014 and for many schools the day before (May 4th) will be a holiday. The Exams Officer at my school is writing to CIE to voice our concerns, as it is very early.

Quality of map used for Paper 22 13/05/14

Posted by Jo Foster on May 14, 2014 at 16:00 1 Comment

Quite of a few of my students commented on the poor quality of the Zimbabwe map used - the key shows smooth rock as being the palest of grey yet on the map it is much darker. Other features on the right hand side of the key were equally pale. Did we just get a poor batch?


Posted by Alex C G Cooper on January 31, 2014 at 14:30 0 Comments

I have add some SETTLEMENTS, POPULATION and NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS fact sheets for the CASE STUDIES we used with the pupils to my website geocoops.com. - they might be of some use.

However some of the case studies are based around the city of  Nottingham in the UK.

Here is the LINK

Contents of every Paper 1 from Jun 11 till Jun 2012 ... A MUST HAVE!

Posted by RK on October 15, 2013 at 18:30 1 Comment

Dear all,

I am new and  wanted to share with you all something I have done.

Attached is a contents list of what is on every Paper 1's from Jun 2011 to Jun 2012. You'll probably know that each exam series has 3 versions of Paper 1.

This is proving to be a very important development for the…




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Coursework 2000 Words

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Settlement Case studies 2016 spec

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Hi AllHope you all had a good half term.Has anyone got any good case studies for the new Settlement, especially 1.5 service provision. We are really struggling to find anything that really fits all…Continue

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School visit??

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Is there anyone teaching iGCSE in the South-East of England (London / Sussex / Kent / Surrey etc.) who would be willing to have me visit the department for a morning or afternoon one day this term? …Continue

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